Give it up for a local who is making it big in Hollywood. The big one, that is.
Ella Wahlestedt, 14, of the Brickell area was recently cast as Caroline Hall on Lifetime’s Army Wives. The role is described as a bratty pain in the neck who comes from a broken home. Ella’s real-life situation couldn’t be more different. Her parents, Lisa and Claes Wahlestedt (both in the medical profession), are together and supportive of their daughter all the way.
The eighth-grader is studying through Laurel Springs School, an online college prep. Last year, she attended Ransom Everglades School but had to drop out because of all her traveling. Season 7 premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday.
Recording star Willy Chirino will be the face of The Casino at Hialeah Park, set to open this summer. Chirino, who left his native Cuba at the age of 14, is recognized as one of the creators of the Miami Sound, a fusion of rhythms. “I grew up in Hialeah, and I am very aware of the tradition and importance of Hialeah Park and what it represents for South Florida as a whole,” said the Grammy winner.
If Fort Lauderdale native Sarah Schiear doesn’t win ABC’s The Taste on its finale at 9 p.m. Tuesday night, she won’t go home empty-handed. Schiear and co-semifinalist Gregg Drusinsky fell in love while filming and have opened up a pop-up restaurant in NYC called Abode.
Sweets for the sweet
Jonathan Cheban doesn’t like to miss a party. The Kardashian consultant attended the opening of Dylan’s Candy Bar on Lincoln Road on Thursday night with a young dark-haired lady who could have passed for a member of the famous reality family. Owner Dylan Lauren was on hand as well, in a cute sundress, even though the temperatures were brisk. By the looks of her lithe figure, Ralph Lauren’s daughter is able to pass up temptations at her store.
Adam Lambert, glam pop singer who came out of the closet shortly after becoming a 2009 finalist on American Idol, will be headline performer at the fifth annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival on April 14. “This is fantastic,” says Pride Committee Chairman Babak Movahedi. “We have graduated from our infancy. When you can bring amazing talent like Adam Lambert to Miami Beach, that shows the importance. We’ve come a long way in five years.”
Tiger Woods, in town for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa, seemed focused as he hit the gym for an intense workout at 8 a.m. Thursday at Equinox South Beach as he geared up for a showdown with the currently ranked No. 1 golfer in the world, Rory McIlroy. Woods, who as usual is staying on his yacht Privacy docked a few blocks away, said hello to people as he left the gym but was all business during his hour-long, full-body workout. While all eyes were on Woods, many missed actor Kelsey Grammer, who stuck to cardio.